In recent years, On-Demand Labs have become an important part in our IT industry to train employees but also to run customer demos and get hands-on experience. One of the most innovative and capable On-Demand Labs is Cisco’s dCloud. Cisco dCloud is a huge catalog of demos, trainings and sandboxes for every Cisco architecture that are fully scripted. The customizable environments are available almost instantly in the cloud. It’s very easy to work with and to get started all you need is a Cisco account. That’s why I’m more than happy to let you know that as of mid-November we provide you a with fullRead More →

A few months back I won a stream deck for my home office makeover that I have covered a few times here, I am not a streamer but anything that can automate and orchestrate my life to be easy is a win. This is what I have been doing with the stream deck whilst also checking out StreamLabs OBS and OBS for actual streaming content. I have buttons setup for zoom meetings, my Elgato Key Light Airs, some key web sites and tools I use daily and more than once and now this, which is related to screen resolution. If you want to see moreRead More →

This is probably the first online virtual / digital event I have really attended so far this year, of course apart from VeeamON. I have to say that some of the other talk amongst the community has been about platforms not really being able to offer the experience we expect and I think that has to be true for the most part there really has not been that real need to provide a platform this scenario and this scale before. Hashiconf did not disappoint, not only was the platform lightweight and really quite easy and nice to navigate the content was the reason I cameRead More →

Update – It is all gone, thanks to all for jumping on it, will keep you updated on my trials and tribulations when walking down the Pi Cluster route.  It has been a trusty home lab for the past few years but since moving to the new house although it has prime position in the garage it is not being used as I have other resources available to me now. Maybe there is a home for it somewhere. This post will outline the hardware specs for each part I will be parting with. What do I want and this is me being completely honest, IRead More →

This post came about from a tweet from Matt Watts and got me thinking And here we are! NetApp in particular have offerings in both PaaS and IaaS for offering storage services out to their customers, they have Cloud Volumes ONTAP which gives the customer the ability to manage an IaaS approach to Cloud Storage, this is available in the 3 major public cloud offerings (AWS, Microsoft Azure and GCP) This means the underlining infrastructure is managed but you are in complete control of the storage operating systems. There are many others out there that would offer a similar function. On the PaaS side ofRead More →

This post is in no way affiliated to or sponsored by RaspberryPi. I am using this an example in this post to show you the possibility of using this tiny compute module as a desktop computer. Over the past 8,9,10 weeks I have lost count of weeks now its just “day X ” and I probably should have highlighted this out already across further than the IT community, I mean we know about these little computer boards, we likely all have them in our drawers or serving some sort of function within our houses. Ok, so I have been hearing many people struggling in manyRead More →

For those that stuck around and watched some of the YouTube videos on the home office setup and read the specs and the story so far. Then we are now almost a month in, and I wanted to share some of the thoughts on the kit I chose and give you the lowdown on how its working out so far. Over the last few months we spoke about the fact I was working on a project to refresh my office setup, little did I know that the world would go into lockdown and everyone would be searching high and low for components to make theirRead More →